UC Irvine not unanimous No. 1 in final national coaches poll

UC Irvine ends the season where it began: atop the national coaches poll.

The NCAA champion Anteaters received 15 of 16 first-place votes and finished No. 1 in the season’s final AVCA national coaches poll that was released Tuesday.


UC Irvine after getting the at-large bid to the four-team NCAA Tournament swept both the No. 3 seed Loyola in the semifinals and the No. 1 seed BYU in the championship match to win back-to-back national titles. The Anteaters opened the season at No. 1 preseason coaches poll and held the top spot for four weeks during the regular season as it finished in second place in the MPSF.

Ball State coach Joel Walton was the only voter to not put UC Irvine at No. 1 on his season’s final coaches poll ballot. Walton, the 2013 MIVA Coach of the Year, had the NCAA champion runner-ups BYU at No. 1 on his ballot.

BYU ended the regular season at No. 1 in the national coaches poll and dropped one spot in the final coaches poll to No. 2 — 14 points behind the top-ranked Anteaters.

This is the second time in the last three years that NCAA champion was not the unanimous No. 1 in the season’s final national coaches poll. Ohio State after winning the 2011 national title received 14 of 16 first-place in the final coaches poll.

AVCA Division I-II Men’s Top 15 Coaches Poll
1. UC Irvine — 239 (15) points
2. BYU — 225 (1) points
3. Long Beach State — 207 points
4. UCLA — 193 points
5. Pepperdine — 171 points
6. Stanford — 150 points
7. UC Santa Barbara — 141 points
8. Cal Baptist — 129 points
9. Loyola — 109 points
10. Lewis — 79 points
11. Ball State — 68 points
12. Penn State — 60 points
13. Hawai’i — 55 points
14. Cal State Northridge — 49 points
15. Ohio State — 38 points
Others receiving votes: Harvard 7; George Mason 5; IPFW 1; Princeton 1

2 Replies to “UC Irvine not unanimous No. 1 in final national coaches poll”

  1. Unbelievable (due to the team,… not the voting) that USC is not even in the top 15 at the end of this year. But with their performance this past year, that certainly does explain it. With their success last year (2012) and being runner-up champs to the end of this humiliating season, it is quite a concern towards the Trojans and Coach Ferguson.

    You have to wonder… will current USC Trojan sophomore, Micah Christenson, transfer to a new team for his last two years (if he chooses to stay in college vb or go pro instead) in order to have the opportunity to play WITH other talented players… not AGAINST..??

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